Originally Posted by Mal
Read the shit you tell him to read.
Mars was ~34.65M miles from Earth on August 27th, 2003. This doesn't happen "every 200 years," the actual pattern is much more complicated than that. Astronomically, Mars comes "close" to Earth (~55M miles) every time we pass it in orbit. The variations in the two orbits cause us to be significantly closer some years than others.
The 2003 occurrence was notable because that was the closest Mars and Earth have been to each other in 60,000 years. However, they will be about as close in 2018, and even closer in 2237.
Ok, you got me. I didn't read all of the article. But he still didn't read it either.
I shall hang my head in shame.